Archive for April, 2019

I use to like the queen if only for her colors. No more.

by punkpink

Please your royal highness go and sit down and be quiet. Yes, please do. Giving legitimacy to a evil person such as Donald Trump says to me, you are just as bad as he. You in your pretty colors, you with all your manners. Prim and proper. Your miss manners are showing. Let your children rebel and refuse you and your invitation summoning them to dinner. Maybe they know the old saying, “Birds of a feather flock together.” They have no desire to be one of those birds. Really Queenie do you want to be one of those birds?

You know maybe it is too much for this uncoth Trump to sit down to such a formal setting. He will be asking you all night about what spoon to use and we bet he slurps his soup. Maybe it would be better to serve cold hamberders. But what the heck, let’s confuse the president. No snickering now while he tries to navigate the place setting.

(Donnie this isn’t your seat. Good luck with the cutlery and glasses.)

If Trump gets his way, tens of millions of Americans will lose all protections for pre-existing conditions. Millions more will lose tax subsidies that allow them to afford private coverage. And in a particularly devastating blow, nearly 14 million mostly working Americans will lose access to Medicaid – likely destroying their only option for health coverage. That’s not all your majesty, there are plans in the works to make drastic cuts to Medicaid, Social Security, and Medicare in order to fund tax breaks for the wealthy. Just think more money coming into the coffers of the wealthy. Climate change forget about that let it change, build more pipe lines, drill for oil in the wilderness. Drop more bombs, drone attack innocent people, build up the military the hell with the hungry, they won’t be if we kill them. Our hope is that not one but many are knitting as Madame Defarge did in days gone by. If Trump gets his way LGBTQI+ folks in Amerikkka will become second class citizens with no rights. He is on his way.

If Trump gets his way thousands of migrants will continue to languish in makeshift camps under the bridges. If Trump gets his way the lives of millions of Black and Brown citizens of the U.S will be in danger. He seeks to divide the people of our country, stroking anger and hate, and hate crimes against many of us have increased. He is a danger to the world, yes Your Majesty you have invited a real danger to your table. Got investments in amerikkka Queenie? Yeah you will make more, more, more, at the expense of the poor and the workers. Is this the type of dog you want at your table? I hope he drops his fork, bends down to pick it up and bumps his god damn head on your dining table spilling the soup and creating havoc. Tell your servants to keep an eye on the cutlery as he may think it a joke to steal from your table.

Meanwhile in the street Stop Being Cute, Hop to it,  burn down the banks, break windows and shut down London. Let the demonstrators clog the streets and denounce the right wing fascist pig. This Hitler wanna be, this darling of the wealthy, a lover of the KKK, Neo-Nazis and other scum, clip the wings of the rightest scum and stupid people who follow him. It is not the time, and we don’t have time to be nice, and say it can’t happen here, as it is.

Yes, I use to like the queen if only for her colors, but no more.

Stop and Shop Strike

Posted: April 22, 2019 in Solidarity

photo: Slide News

This story about the ongoing strike at Stop and Shop was published by CounterPunch. In Solidarity,

Andy

Note: The UFCW and Stop and Shop announced late Sunday night that they have reached a tentative agreement. Details to follow.

Grocery Store Workers Take on Billion Dollar Multinational

by Andy Piascik

At precisely 1:00 Eastern time on the afternoon of April 11th, 31,000 workers at 253 Stop and Shop grocery stores throughout Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts walked off their jobs. The strike came after several months of failed negotiations in which Stop and Shop refused to retract an onerous set of demands for the elimination of premium pay for Sunday work, major cuts to pensions and dramatic increases in the amount workers would have to pay for health care.

Most of the strikers are members of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) and the rest are members of the Teamsters. Truck drivers both union and non-union have honored the picket lines by refusing to make their deliveries, according to strikers at four picket lines in Bridgeport and Fairfield, Connecticut. The workers at those stores also report that no union members have crossed the picket line. Most stores are open as supervisors and a small number of replacement workers have been stocking shelves and working cash registers but business has taken a big hit.

Solid Public Support

Public support has been high and sympathetic supervisors have told strikers that the take for one 16-hour day at a store in Fairfield was a meager $2,000, a fraction of a normal day’s business. Some stores have cut their hours because business has been so bad. Officials and members of other unions have joined with strikers for rallies at stores in a number of locations, including Bridgeport and Fairfield. Local elected officials have come to union rallies and coverage on local television stations and in the Hearst dailies that dominate the newspaper market in Connecticut has been positive. An announcement was made at a picket line on the seventh day of the strike that community sympathizers and merchants have established a food bank where strikers can get free food.

From conversations with dozens of strikers, morale of union members is high eleven days in. Worker after worker expressed special gratitude for the overwhelming public support they’ve received. Shoppers who know many of the strikers by name from years of shopping have joined the picket lines and many have brought coffee, doughnuts, pizzas and other food and beverages to the strikers. Others have contributed gift cards good at other stores and local pharmacies and there are reports of people making cash contributions to picketers including one for $1,500. The UFCW has also set up a site for people to contribute to the strike fund: https://www.gofundme.com/supportstopandshopworkers

$2 Billion Profits in 2018

Amidst the strikers’ enthusiasm, however, is an undercurrent of fear and resentment. There has been no strike at Stop and Shop for 30 years, and that one was of very short duration, so the vast majority of the chain’s workers are confronting the unbridled greed of their employers in such an open way for the first time. The Stop and Shop stores are among many owned by the Dutch conglomerate Ahold Delhaize which reported $2 billion in profits in 2018.

Despite such profits and despite the fact that Stop and Shop is far and away the dominant grocery store chain in New England (and which also owns stores in New York and New Jersey that are covered by a different contract and thus not on strike), Ahold is demanding significant givebacks. The cuts in pensions and health coverage particularly rankle the strikers; the company’s current demands, for example, include a fourfold increase in the amount workers will have to pay in co-payments for doctor’s visits.

Minimum Wage Pay for New Workers

Picketers expressed a mix of astonishment and anger that a massive company that is doing so well would utterly refuse to share any portion of that wealth and instead demand significant givebacks. New hires, all of whom are part-time, start at $10.10 an hour. Stop and Shop has consciously cut the number of full-time positions, and stipulations that the company forced through in previous contracts make accepting a full-time promotion far less attractive than it could be.

“It takes years before you can even think about getting a full-time position,” said Rafael Quiles at the picket line outside one of the stores in Fairfield. “And if you do go full-time, the company has the right to transfer you to any store in the state that it wants to.” He and others said the company does precisely that in order to discourage others from seeking full-time. (more…)

The Equity and Diversity Collection, LGBTQI+ Archives housed at Central Connecticut State University are in need of your help. In reviewing the contents of the collection, it has been noted that there is very little on the Bisexual movement here in Connecticut. Richard Nelson is spearheading the project of collecting any and all material concerning the Bisexual movement for justice in Connecticut. He and some of the folks who were involved in the movement are gathering archives and are looking for any objects, buttons, pamphlets, leaflets, writings or articles that you may have.

As we say in the collecting of ourstories, Out of the closets, Out of the attics and barns, Out of the basements and storage places. Researchers of ourstories, students who use the LGBTQI+ archives and others yet to come will thank you. It is important that we are a people tell all of our stories.

Anyone with anything to donate can contact Nelson at rvnted@gmail.com who will coordinate these archives and deliver the archives to CCSU. Please share this with anyone you know who may be interested in donating material.

Thank you.
For justice and Liberation

Thanks to Barbara Dane for this great song we are sharing today. Listen then do something.

This piece was first published years ago  on Punkpink is a Bandits Tip. Today we dedicated this piece to our comrades who love buns and know any bun will do. We try to publish this work during the Easter Week in memory of the Miracle In My Studio Kitchen and for all our friends who celebrate this time of year.

Since it is Easter Week for our Christian Buddies I thought we would have a little fun with some Hot Cross Buns. To get us in the festive mood let us all join in singing the Hot Cross Buns song. Now don’t be shy, you can do it. GO______

 

Now wasn’t that nice? So I want to tell you what I found out about Hot Cross Buns that old time favorite for the Easter Week.  I also want to tell you a little story about a miracle in my studio kitchen that had our  artist friends and many others standing in line, paying a quarter to go through my door. First we will start with the old tale and then work out from there.

 

This is a picture of a Hot Cross Bun.

According to legend Hot Cross Buns were eaten by the Saxons in honor of the goddess Eostre with the cross cut into the buns to symbolize the four quarters of the moon. Eostre was the goddess of dawn, rebirth and spring. She comes forth dressed in white bringing light to all ending the darkness and cold of winter. Symbols associated with her are the hare and egg. The Anglo-Saxon month Eostur-monath is the equivalent to the month of April.

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During early missionary efforts, the Christian church adopted the buns and re-interpreted the cross in 1361. The buns along with Roman Catholicism was banned in England until Queen Elizabeth 1st passed a law allowing the consumption of Hot Cross Buns only on Easter, Christmas and funerals. (more…)